Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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I focus stories on college students who are at a crossroads, particularly those on the first rung into higher education. Many of those students are trying to overcome academic and other challenges because they believe college will be the path to a better life. How do the people around them -- in their personal lives and at the institutions they attend -- help or hinder their success?

Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Parents won't give LAUSD a second chance to improve school

The group Parent Revolution has helped parents at six LAUSD schools use California's parent trigger law to make changes at their schools.

State lawmakers pitch 3 ideas to combat teacher shortage

State legislators unveiled three proposals on Tuesday aimed at better recruiting and supporting new teachers to help address a shortage.

Many more California students approved to get free lunch

California officials now match social welfare data with student data to automatically enroll students in free lunch programs.

Digital media project links university and Indian tribes

Mentorship, advocates say, is the biggest challenge to success for California's American Indian youth. A new media project tries to help.

California doesn't offer dance, theater teaching credentials

People who've studied dance or theater in college must earn credentials in PE or English to teach their preferred subject in California public schools.

Students criticize Cal State tuition increase proposal

Some Cal State trustees say an automatic student tuition increase would help students plan their budgets during their college careers.

New superintendent visits schools, hears and misses issues

New L.A. Unified Superintendent Michelle King visited 12 campuses during her first two weeks on the job. She heard substantive issues during some visits.

New LAUSD leader Michelle King says she'll 'listen, learn and activate'

In an interview with KPCC, the new L.A. schools leader pledged to work toward 100 percent graduation, balance the budget and combat a "waning of the public trust."

Director named for nonprofit to promote charter expansion plan

Myrna Castrejón will lead Great Public Schools Now, which launched in November by the backers of a plan to rapidly promote the growth of charter schools in L.A.

LA Unified offers new superintendent $350,000 contract

New L.A. Unified superintendent Michelle King will earn a $350,000 salary. Her 29-month contract renews automatically if the board doesn't terminate it.

LAUSD board appoints Michelle King new superintendent

King, 54, has served as the district's chief deputy superintendent since October 2014. She has worked in the district since 1984.

LAUSD scrambles to relocate Porter Ranch students

LAUSD's facilities, food service, transportation, and other divisions have worked the last three weeks to relocate students from two Porter Ranch schools.

LAUSD teachers union challenges 'unnecessary' tests

One South L.A. teacher said LAUSD required her fifth graders to take more than two dozen tests so far this year. But the district says they're not asking too much.

Finalist in LAUSD superintendent search pulls out

L.A. Unified's board of education has conducted first and second interviews in the last month in its search for a new superintendent.

New exams, new approach to test practicing in SoCal schools

To measure student readiness, some teachers use practice tests for the upcoming standardized tests. Other teachers say effective teaching is enough preparation.